THE death of a local sporting legend, following a short illness, has stunned the Wombwell community.
Terry Wroe, of Hough Road, died on Saturday after being diagnosed with kidney and liver cancer just a month previously. He was 73.
Former miner Mr Wroe had been president of Wombwell Hillies Golf Club for 25 years, since its founding, and was a well-known local cricketing captain for Mitchell and Wombwell Main teams. He also captained Wombwell at football in his younger days, and had a single figure handicap at golf.
His widow Sandra said her husband had never been ill in his life. The inoperable cancer was only revealed following a deep scan for chest pains.
“He had been to the golf club on the day he was diagnosed. We thought he was fine,” she said.
“Terry was well-known because he was outgoing, honest and respectful. I was always known as Terry Wroe’s wife but I didn’t mind that,” added Mrs Wroe. “He had a wonderful life, as he told staff at Barnsley Hospice himself. Terry would always say he was from Mitchells Terrace rather than Wombwell, when asked.”
The couple have one son, Martin.
Dave McManis, secretary of Wombwell Hillies Golf Club, said: “Terry was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed. He had a great sense of humour...his character was second to none. He made everyone welcome and did an awful lot of good work over the years. He organised our Scotland trips each year and we may erect a bench up there with a plaque in his memory. He was a true sportsman.”
Councillor Dick Wraith said it was very sad to hear Mr Wroe had passed away. “He was well known for his sporting talent, particularly for cricket as a fast bowler, and for nurturing Jason Booth,” he said.
Many tributes have been posted on Facebook. Mr Wroe’s funeral takes place on Monday, July 2, from 1pm at Ardsley Crematorium, then at the Hillies Golf Club. Family flowers only.